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Ride The Inexpensive Blue Line from O'Hare International Airport into Downtown Chicago
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Did you know that the CTA Blue Line can get travelers from O'Hare International Airport into Downtown Chicago without any aggravation or traffic delays for only $5.00? And, the return journey back to O'Hare is only $2.25? Well, now you know. CTA wouldn't allow me to video the how the actual vending machines and turnstiles work but it is not only easy, personnel are always on hand at O'Hare to assist. Just put a $5.00 USD bill into the machine (it also makes change), press the "Green Button" and out spits a one-way ticket. If planning to stay in Chicago and use Public Transit, opt for a 1-day, 3-day or 7 day card. Go to the transitchicago website for more routes, stops and information. Trains run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every 10-12 minutes. Returning to O'Hare from Downtown Chicago, the fare is only $2.25 USD...such a deal and so easy!
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Best of the Best: GVK Business Class Lounge Mumbai International Airport
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com The ultra-uber-unbelievable GVK Lounge in Mumbai International Airport has now become my favorite. Ample space for everyone, waiter service, large bar area, incredible assortment of food choice and free leg/back massages for passengers. Fab-u-lous...
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How Argan Oil is Made in Morocco
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Ten percent of the argan oil production in the world comes from countries such as Algeria, Mexico, Israel and is endemic to Morocco. If you've never heard of Argan Oil before, the oil is produced from the kernels of the Argan Tree and used for nutritive, cosmetic and medicinal properties. My own beauty salon uses a very expensive Argan Oil product called "Moroccan Oil" for hair. This Argan Oil Cooperative is run by women and the Explore group stopped for a demonstration. Even I took a seat and tried my hand at smooshing the pulp and grinding the oil.
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Incredibly Unique Rogan Art -  Little Rann of Kutch Gujarat, India
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com The big attraction in small Nirona Village is a unique and creative art form known as Rogan Art. Just one family has kept this traditional art alive for over 400 years! We had never heard or seen anything like this."Traditional Rogan Art" is not embroidery but freehand painting on silk and cotton cloth. A castor oil is boiled into a thick paste to which pigment is added to make the color palette. The colors are then stored in a small pot with water. (looked like Silly Putty floating in bowls of water). The artist then makes a thin thread of this mixture and begins drawing, freehand, on the cloth. Watch the video. I can almost guarantee that you've never seen anything like it before!
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Welcome to Dazzling, Friendly and Easy to Get Around, Dublin Airport
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com The title would sum up Dublin Airport without me writing another word. This airy and modernistic airport has easy to read signage, a large Information Office (follow the "I" signs), and spacious halls for arriving passengers. Information instructed us to buy our 747 Airlink bus tickets to Heuston Train Station from either SPAR or the Currency Exchange. A word of warning about the Currency Exchange where we bought the bus tickets: they had the nerve to put a $10 USD service fee on our Visa in addition to the bus fee, without telling us, which we discovered when the bill came! Visa removed the charge since we never were given or signed for a receipt... Just buy the tickets on the bus! Out front to the Airlink bus which was standing there and leaves every 15 minutes, it was a one-hour ride through heavy Dublin traffic to the train station. Killarney, here we come...
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Learn How to Use The RER to and From Charles de Gaulle Airport  Paris
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com it's easy to use the RER B line to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport. Just allow yourself enough time for the return. The trains don't always run on time and may be so crowded that it is impossible to even push your way on. You pay for and catch the train in Terminal 2. Use the automatic dispensing machine or personnel in the room selling train tickets. Look for "Paris par Train" signs and follow the instructions. This video will help if you've never visited Paris and are a little nervous about using public transportation. Have a wonderful trip and Au Revoir...
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Mumbai's Fantastic and Easy to Use International Terminal Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com India (and Mumbai) is to be congratulated for doing it up right. What an International Terminal! Gorgeous architecture, perfect signage, many venues to eat, drink and shop... and wait until you see the GVK Business Class Lounge (still to be uploaded)...
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Yummy and Filling German Food Along the Rhine
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com There are no worries about skimpy portions in Germany and after the first few dinners, Marine Steve and I began splitting orders. And people say American portions are huge? You should see the size of their schnitzels... Germany and most of Europe is known for their beyond filling buffet breakfasts many times with home-made pastries that left filled us to the brim until dinner, and then add excellent Riesling Wine from the Rhine Area and more ice cream/gelato than we ever expected, both that went down so easy in Europe's Heat Wave, and say, "Schmackhaft" - delicious.
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How to Take A Train From Guangzhou to Shenzhen
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Even if a person doesn't speak Mandarin Chinese or Cantonese (Guangzhou was once called "Canton"), China has made their state of the art train stations easy for dorks like us. Learn from our experience and study this video well since training around China will always be the same. However, I suggest paying a few Yuan more and asking your hotel, guesthouse or tour operator to buy the tickets for you to make it even more of a no-brainer. Memorize your train number, predominantly displayed on your ticket. All departure boards and tickets are in Chinese but not the numbers! And then, follow the crowds...
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A Quick Visit to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea Colorful Market
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Finally, a chance to talk to the friendly locals. The Rabaul market is a market like any other with a few different fruits, vegetables and items to buy. Unfortunately, Rabaul is not deemed safe to walk around after dark and our L'Austral cruise ship had established a curfew for passengers and crew. Sigh...
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The Radisson Blu Polar Hotel in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Longyearbyen has a limited choice of hotels and guesthouses which range from expensive to very expensive but what can you do? Fortunately, we only had to make hotel reservations for one night pre-cruise, one night after the cruise and opted for Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, one block from Town Square. Of course almost everything in Longyearbyen is only a few blocks away in this town, population 2,040 people. The Radisson Blu advertises itself as the Northernmost full-service hotel in the world and it was filled to the max with inbound and outbound Arctic cruisers! TIP: Sign up for hotel membership chains; you never know when they will come in handy as mentioned in the video.
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Yao Minority Women Save All Their Hairs China
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Steve and I have seen and visited many different minority tribes in China but the Yao women had one of the most exotic customs. They cut their hair once in their lifetime, between the ages of 18-20! The Yao women then keep this hank of hair forever, adding any hairs (I did say "hairs") that fall off their head on the floor, in a stream, bed, while combing, and NEVER cut their hair again! I first thought their glossy black hair was a turban; that's how smoothly wound around their heads it was. Definitely a first for us...
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Embarkation on 14-Day L'Austral Oceanic Cruise Cairns, Australia
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Compagnie du Ponant sails small expeditions cruises that take passengers off the beaten path. L'Austral is just one of their fleet and we cruised on this ship around Iceland two years ago! This two-week cruise would visit NE Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Marine Steve and I did venture down the Sepik and into the Highlands of Papua New Guinea over 20 years ago; an exciting and scary adventure. Come cruising with us... For sure, there will be new experiences and excellent food.
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Quick and Easy Osaka or Kyoto Transportation to and from  Kansai Airport
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Options are easier to and from Kansai to Osaka than to and from Kansai to Kyoto. Kyoto is different. We find it easier to use Yasaka Transport and pay the extra Yen than dealing with a train to Kyoto and then taxi or subway after a 14 hour flight. English-speaking personnel at Kansai will explain all the options.
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Information About the Easy Limousine Bus from Osaka to Kansai Airport
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com The easy limousine buses leave from the Namba and Osaka Station areas. Only use the direct train if staying in the Shin-Osaka area. Bus leaves every 20 minutes and heads directly to Kansai Airport. A snap!
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A Quick Tour Through Beautiful Interlaken, Switzerland
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Interlaken is a beautiful little city located between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun in the Swiss Alps. Odds are you will connect through here when heading into the Jungfrau Region by train which travels along the blue lakes. We purchased a 14-day Swiss card a gazillion years ago which allowed free rides on the lake steamers which travel on both lakes as well as unlimited train and postal buses. Interlaken is a good place to base yourself while visiting different areas in this proximity.
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Learn how to use a Korean train from Busan to Seoul
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Don't bother humming, "If I only had a brain" in South Korea. All the heavy lifting has been removed with English speaking personnel in train stations, on and off trains and signage in English and Korean wherever you go. Watch the video to see for yourself...
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Melanesia Cruise: What's On Board L'Austral
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Ponant expeditions cruises take passengers off the beaten path and L'Austral is just one of their fleet. Each of their 132 deluxe cabins has a balcony and all the amenities. The two-week cruise to NE Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu has experienced naturalists, lecturers and guides on board to provide a cultural, historical or geological dimension as well as wonderful crew and food! Come cruising with us...
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First Air 737-200 Charter from Resolute Bay High Arctic to Toronto
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Resolute Airport has a gravel runway, is not equipped with radar but does have an ILS landing system and a modern one-room terminal. All this created aircraft weight restrictions; total weight of passengers with luggage was 22,000 pounds and equipment could only handle 17,000 pounds. Quark handled this problem but hiring a small plane to transport luggage only to Toronto (the best laid plans).. which had a mechanical. A long story.... Open seating on the First Air 737-200 charter flight created a scrum like I haven't seen since my old flying days before assigned seating. Small but mighty me managed to get three seats for the 2 of us on the almost 6 hour flight that landed in Iqaluit to refuel before proceeding to Toronto. Travel is not easy...
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Chicago O'Hare International Airport Terminal 5 International Arrivals
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Hope this short video gives passenger information for International Arrivals only. All International flights land at Terminal 5, O'Hare.
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A Quick Tour of Sisimiut Above the Arctic Circle in W  Greenland
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Sisimiut (pop: 5,600) is the second largest and northernmost tow in Greenland (40 kilometers/24 miles) above the Arctic Circle and has been inhabited for the last 4,500 years by the Inuit, Dorset and Thule people. Danish missionaries first settled in this area in the 1720s. Fishing is the principal industry and there is an airport served by Air Greenland. It is important to know that dogs in Greenland are valuable to their owners as working dogs and when chained, not to be touched.
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Easy Bus Transportation from Hong Kong Airport to Your Hotel
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Airport Express (train) is the most popular transportation from Hong Kong International Airport to either Hong Kong Island or Kowloon. It is the least expensive and fastest but travelers must handle their own luggage. We had very heavy luggage. Hotel kiosks are located directly outside of arrival and they will tell about different transportation choices besides Airport Express: taxi, limousine or bus with hotel drop-off.
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Luxurious Tsurukame Daikichi Ryokan Nikko, Japan
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com This beautiful ryokan is only three minutes on food from famous Toshogu Shrine. The Omani Rivers runs behind the ryokan which has 26 tatami-mat rooms with ensuite bath and toilet; Give a shout out!
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LAN Airbus-320 Economy Santiago to Calama, Chile
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Domestic Security at Santiago Airport doesn't require passengers to take out liquids or computers, take off shoes, and was a breeze. Unlike my disappointment with Copa Airlines, LAN Airlines does a first class job in Economy. They board planes by sections beginning with the back of the plane and are very serious about it. LAN also offers a choice of meals or snacks depending on the time of day, liquid refreshments, and shows movies on individual video screens mounted in seat backs. It is a very short flight from Santiago to Calama, gateway to the Atacama Desert; the highest, driest desert on earth and we were going to spend a week there, seeing whatever sights the Atacama is known for.
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The Unique Iceland Horse has 5 Gaits
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Tauck Tours included a visit to Fridheimar Horse Farm as part of the Golden Circle Day Tour. The Icelandic horse is a special breed developed in Iceland and although the horses are small, don't even consider referring to an Icelandic horse as a "pony." The sturdy Icelandic horse is a "five-gaited" breed and have few diseases. Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return. I'll let you watch the video for all other information but if you love riding, there are many trips offered in Iceland on these beautiful animals.
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Shopping for Souvenirs in Kiev, Ukraine
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com The big souvenir street in Kiev "may" have been called Destatynna. The two easiest ways to find this area, depending what direction you are coming from is: either begin at St. Andrew's Church; or face the front of St. Michael's church and walk down the first street to your left for two-three blocks. Souvenir stalls spread off the main street in all directions. Matryoshka dolls, also known as Russian nesting dolls, is the number one souvenir. There are distinct differences between "Russian" and "Ukrainian" nesting dolls that you may not be aware of. Each nested Russian doll is painted exactly the same while each nested Ukranian doll is painted differently. Don't forget to bargain. Some vendors bring up the subject themselves while others are insulted when asked. Try anyway for "a small discount"...
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Iceland's Modern and Easy Keflavik International Airport
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Another very easy to navigate airport with one difference; unless you are a "premium" passenger, everyone has to check themselves in at an equally easy-to-use kiosk. Just follow the screen directions and out pops baggage tags and boarding passes. Then walk a short distance to "Baggage Drop" where many employees wait to finish the process. Do not believe claims that all airport goods are cheaper than in Reykjavik - they are not! We priced several items seen in the city and they were more expensive at the airport. Do your shopping in Reykjavik and get a tax free rebate there...
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The 2,000 Year-Old Mummified Body of Lady Xin Zhui, Hunan Museum, Changsha, China
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Watch the video and let me know if you've ever seen such an incredibly, well-preserved mummy. Her knee caps looked to be in better shape than mine! Mawangdui was the family graveyard in the Western Han Dynasty and had the tombs of Li Kang (The Marquis of Dai), Li Kang's wife and their son. The amount of cultural relics found in this family tomb would rank them as biliionaires today.
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Magnificient Asiana Lounge and Seoul Incheon Airport
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com It is always a joy to fly into or through Seoul Incheon Airport and spend time in the Asiana Lounge. The lounge is wonderful but the airport deserves applause. Easy to navigate and stunning!
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Bed and Breakfast Hotel Keflavik Airport Iceland
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com The Tauck Tours and Iceland cruise finished around 2:00p at Keflavik Airport, too late for Marine Steve and I to connect onwards to Munich on the same day. Choices. Stay in Reykjavik overnight, or at one of several places near the airport. Bed and Breakfast Keflavik Airport Hotel to the rescue. (Huh? Is it a B&B or a hotel? Whatever...) This little hotel is located in the former US Naval Air Station, five minutes from the airport, provides free 24-hour shuttle service and a large breakfast buffet is included in its rates. Perfect!
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A Fast Walk Around Easy to Use Keflavik Airport, Iceland
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Passengers for all airlines must use the kiosks to check-in, then get in the very long drop baggage line. Once again, for all departing flights. It was surprising how fast the lines moved with at least 12-14 check-in staff. September, 2017
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Tallest Hotel in the World: Luxurious Five Star JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Membership does have its privileges! Think Marriott Gold and try to achieve status for automatic upgrades with Executive Level access. Marriott Marquis has the most wonderful staff who goes above and beyond for guests and nothing shabby about staying in the tallest hotel in the World is there? Particularly in a destination full of superlatives....
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Walking Around Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 Public Areas
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Crowne Plaza Changi Hotel located in Terminal 3 at Changi Airport leads right into the public areas. Since Marine Steve and I checked in early, we took a long walk around this area before dinner. Beside old stalwarts like Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s, and Starbucks, we spent much time drooling over Bakkwa (pork, chicken and beef) at Bee Cheng Hiang before tasting a pork sample. Bakkwa is a slice of barbequed meat which is individually vacuum packed for traveling, adored by Singaporeans and I could easily become addicted to the sparerib-y taste
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The Small but Adequate Port Vila International Airport, Vanuatu
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com The smartest thing we did was to bring additional carry-on clothes to change into at Sydney Airport before ongoing flights. With no air conditioning, our clothes were sopping wet. Don't get to the airport an earlier than you have to. It's cramped, overcrowded and has little seating.
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Aerolineas Argentinas 737-700/800 Economy Class Salta-Buenos Aires
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com I was not thrilled to buy a one-way ticket on Aerolineas Argentinas but options were limited since this flight would land at Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires and then we would have to transfer to Ezeiza Airport to catch our United Airlines flight home. However, it was only a two-hour flight with a pleasant crew who served the exact snack boxes handed out by TAM Airlines and the middle seat between us was empty.
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Winter Adventure at Muotka Wilderness Lodge Saariselka, Finland
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Travelers come from all over the world hoping to see the Northern Lights, above the Arctic Circle in the Saariselka region of Lappland. But even without the lights, there are a gazillion winter adventure activities - snowmobile, reindeer sled, ski (both downhill and x-country) - the list goes on and on... And Mutoka has excellent, excellent food!
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Popular and Historic Muckross House in Killarney National Park, Ireland
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Linda Woods from Ireland Walk, Hike Bike with South West Walks Ireland drove us into Killarney National Park for a day's hike which began on the grounds of historic Muckross House & Gardens. This magnificent 65-room Victorian mansion was built in 1843 for Henry Arthur Herbert and wife and is Ireland's second most popular visitor attraction; number one is Trinity College in Dublin. Several owners later, a wealthy Californian bought Muckross House as a wedding gift for his daughter. When daughter Maud died in an accident, Muckross Estate was given to the state for use as Killarney National Park. We just admired from the outside and then began hiking one of the trails.
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Brazil Flight 4 of 13: Azul Embraer ERJ195 Iguacu-Curitiba, Brazil
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Know that it is almost impossible to travel Brazil without making connections. Travel from Iguacu to Campo Grande today involved three (3) different Azul flights. Low budget Azul is excellent and Embraer seats comfortable.
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Winter Adventure at Nellim Widerness Hotel in Lappland, Finland
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Large Nellim Wilderness Hotel and Muotka Wilderness Lodge have the same owners. Located in the village of Nellim on Lake Inari, Finland's 2nd largest lake, there are cabins, aurora bubbles and hotel rooms available. Nellim, like Muotka, also have wonderful food.
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Take The Airport Limo Bus from Narita Airport into Tokyo
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Taxi costs $250 USD from Narita into Tokyo -- forget about THAT and take metro ( cheaper if near your hotel) or the easy Airport Limousine Bus.
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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Star Alliance Lounge
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com United Airlines used to have a teeny, tiny club one level above duty-free in Terminal 1. Wow - that's changed for the good. It is still above duty-free but is now a Star Alliance Lounge and covers two floors with a good food selection. Unfortunately, the the lounge was jammed to the max the day we flew with delays thanks to another one of France's impromptu strikes - an Air Traffic Controller's Strike. Marine Steve and I have been flying through Terminal 1 for over 25 years and remember when the same space age satellite was occupied by good old TWA who had the best mileage program...boo-hoo...
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Winter Walks in Beautiful Stockholm, Sweden
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com So little time and so much to see... Just another short day walking around Winter Stockholm and darn, it was damp and cold. (Unlike Kiruna that was dry and bitter cold :) but still enjoyable.
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Visit and Tour the Famous UNESCO Trulli in Alberobello, Italy
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com A trull (plural, trulli) is a traditional dry stone hut with a conical roof and were generally constructed as temporary field shelters, storehouses or dwellings for workers who labored in the vineyards. Stunning Alberobello is packed with trulli and tourists and one of the most unusual destinations you'll ever see..
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Viking Cruise Lomonosov: City Tour of Zaporozhye, Ukraine
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Zaporozhye was the first cruise stop after Kiev with an intensive city tour scheduled, followed by a visit to Khortitsa Island. Zaporozhe is not an easy name to pronounce (apologies to Ukrainians for mangling - Zap-o-row-sha) and it took a while to get the hang of it. The city is situated in the center of the southwestern Ukraine steppes and not a tourist draw for either westerners or Ukrainians. However, guide Olga did her best to make the drive through Zaporozhye interesting. See what you think...
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Don't Miss The Taipei Weekend Jade and Flower Market
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Jianguo Weekend Holiday Jade Market, north of Renai Road is supposed to be one of the largest markets for jade and other semiprecious stones in Asia. A parking lot under a freeway becomes a Flower and Jade Market on Saturday and Sunday. We managed to squish some time into a jam-packed schedule to take a look; not that I could ever tell a piece of plastic from real jade. It takes a REAL expert to distinguish priceless jadeite from nephrite. I also can't tell the difference between Onyx, cats eye, tigers eye and agate. Also know that unlike mainland China, the people bargain very little (if at all). I was in heaven in the Jade and Flower Markets with so many varieties of orchids! Orchids have become my new favorite house plant in Chicago. Buy one for $15, flowers last for weeks even under supreme neglect and have even rebloomed which is a major miracle under my brown thumb! Note: If you happen to speak Mandarin Chinese, you'll love the many videos taken in Taiwan since you'll understand what bystanders were saying. Probably, "Will you look at that stupid, Ugly American?"
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Visiting St Anthony's Monastery Zafarana, Egypt
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Outside the monastery, the winds were still howling and inside the monastery, our Monk guide spoke so quietly, I had to do a voiceover! In 311 A.D. when Christians experienced widespread persecution, Anthony traveled to Alexandria and confessed his faith. Instead of being martyred, he was free to leave and return to the desert along with thousands of followers who later visited him for wisdom and teaching. St. Anthony died at the age of 105 and was buried in an unmarked grave. I thought the most interesting part of the monastery was the elevator in the original fortress walls - built by Justinian and Julian in 361 A.D. to protect the monks from raiding Bedouins! The monks would lower this "elevator" to friendlies only...
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Visit One Last Temple in Belur, India: 10th Century Chennakeshava (Belur)
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Chennakeshava Temple is commonly referred to as "Belur Temple." Belur is well known for its marvelous temples built during the rule of the Hoysala dynasty, making it and nearby Halebid/Halebidu important tourist stops in Karnataka state. These temple complexes have been proposed to be listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Concentrate on the exquisitely carved Apsara, a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology.
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A Fast Tour of Fun Reykjavik, Iceland
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com Are you up for a little Puffin dinner? Fermented Shark? Whale steak? Neither am I...not that there's anything wrong with them... Buckets of rain or no, Reykjavik is a fun town. Walk down Laugarvegur Street and cross from side-to-side to browse stores, restaurants, delicious bakeries and old houses. TIP: Do not visit Iceland without rain gear and umbrella! If properly dressed for Iceland's very changeable weather, you'll have a great time...
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Adorable and Charming Town #1: Cochem on the Mosel River
http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com It's not for nothing that millions of travelers cruise on the Rhine and Mosel Rivers (Mosel is spelled both "Mosel" and Moselle" - either is correct), drive from town-to-town by automobile, bike, hike and use other public transportation. Each medieval town is drop-dead adorable, charming has good food, excellent wine, reasonably priced accommodation, and knowledgeable tourist information offices. If I missed anything, don't you!
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Norway's Excellent Oslo Gardermoen Airport
http;//www.TravelsWithSheila.com There is one large check-in area followed by Security. Oslo Gardermoen Airport then diverges into Domestic and International sections. Both have many food venues, shops and whatever else may be needed by a traveller. January, 2018
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